Small Indulgences Gift Bag – Perfect Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift!

You don't have to spend a ton of money to make your sweetie happy this Valentine's day. One of my favorite frugal gift ideas is a small indulgences gift bag. The secret to this bag is to spend some real time thinking about what you Valentine loves and filling the bag with all her favorites. This works for all the women in your life from age 2 to 100. Most women just want to feel appreciated and special on Valentine's day.

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your sweetie happy this Valentine’s day. One of my favorite frugal gift ideas is a small indulgences gift bag. The secret to this bag is to spend some real time thinking about what you Valentine loves and filling the bag with all her favorites. This works for all the women in your life from age 2 to 100. Most women just want to feel appreciated and special on Valentine’s day.

One item that would be perfect in the bag is Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips. It is a sheer rose-tinted lip moisturizer that deeply moisturizes dry lips to instantly leave them soft and beautiful. Perfect if there is going to be any kissing this Valentine’s day. It has a yummy rose/vanilla/red berry scent too!

It is just $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers, nationwide. You can find where it is sold near you here. It is super cute and would easily fit in a purse or backpack. Made with 100% pure, triple purified Vaseline® Jelly, these formulas instantly soften lips, while providing an occlusive layer that locks in moisture – so lips feel better over time. Perfect to keep your lips from getting chapped in the cold winter!

Vaseline Lip Therapy perfect for chapped lips


If you want to go a little more special, Vaseline is spreading the love by creating limited-edition jars adorned with fine European crystals and a heart on the lid. These are super cute. Both my girls are fighting for this one but I am keeping it all for myself!  It is available at Kitson and for $45.


bling vaseline lip therapy

I would then add some candy or maybe petit fours, some bubble bath, their favorite magazine or book and your small indulgences bag is ready to go. You could even purchase a subscription to their favorite magazine too! If she is crafty, you could add some fun washi tape and stickers. This bag can easily be taylored for kids to teens as well. Add a cute stuffed animal, fun erasers etc.



petit fours lip therapy packaging

You can even put the Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips right in with the petit fours. How cute is that?!

If you have kids, offer to watch them while she takes and bath and reads her new magazine. If you want to really take it up a notch you could even clean the house while she is relaxing. You will be a Valentine hero without spending big bucks!

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Host a Fantastic and Frugal Valentine’s Day Party for Children

5 Easy and Frugal Tips to Host a Fantastic Valentine's Day Party for Kids.  Includes links to some great printables.


Easy Budget Friendly Tips for Hosting a Valentine’s Day Party for Children


Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for children can be a load of fun and accomplished inexpensively with a little preparation and planning.  Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is here sharing her tips for hosting a budget friendly celebration your children will love (we think you’ll love her money saving ideas for invitations, decorations, treats and activities too!)!


Tip #1:  Handcraft your invitations.  Instead of buying expensive store bought, boxed invitations, create your own!  Using basic craft materials and hand cut paper hearts, add all of the essential party details including date, time, and location and whether guests should bring Valentines to pass out or a treat to share.  Another fun idea is to inflate heart shaped balloons with helium and tie the party details to the balloon with pink or red twine.  Hand deliver the invitations for extra excitement (and to save money on postage and envelopes). Not crafty? There are lots of free Valentine’s printables boys and girls will love.

No Spread Sugar Cookies and Perfect Icing

Tip #2:  Invite guests to bring a Valentine’s Day treat to add to your dessert spread.  Whether you are going all out on a full dessert table or just setting up a small display of tried and true favorites, inviting guests to RSVP with a treat they’d like to bring will help you provide a sweet variety, save on out-of-pocket costs and reduce your party prep time.  Plus, most guests will bring something that they personally like, which means satisfaction guaranteed!  Win-win!  One great activity and treat is to decorate heart shaped cookies. Here is a can’t miss no spread sugar cookie recipe and tips for cookie decorating with kids. 


Tip #3:  Choose no fuss decorations from your party and entertaining stash and purchase remaining items at after-Christmas clearance sales or dollar stores.  With many holidays throughout the year that traditionally incorporate red and white (4th of July and Christmas quickly come to mind), chances are you already have a few décor staples on hand that you can reuse and repurpose.  Gather up linens (tablecloths, runners and napkins), serving trays, platters and cake stands and leftover tableware such as paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils.  All of these items will make perfect additions to your décor!


If you plan ahead you can take advantage of after-Christmas sales to bulk up your décor and party essentials.  Many basic red and white items can be found for practically nothing!  Even solid color holiday wrapping paper or something with stripes and dots could be used for a table runner, for making disposable place mats, to line trays or spruce up water bottles.  Plain packaging items on clearance can be used to create party favors or to package sugar cookies if your party includes a sugar cookie decorating station.


Additional items can be purchased from dollar stores.  Many dollar stores sell cute red and pink plastic heart embellished glasses, red and pink plates, cutlery and even small heart confetti.  Add heart shaped helium balloons, some DIY tissue tassel garland, a love banner cut from cardstock and you are set!


Tip #4:  Plan a few simple games and crafts geared towards Valentine’s Day.  Keep costs down by focusing on the sharing of Valentines.  Guests can be invited to bring Valentines premade, or you can provide simple card making materials at the party.  Valentine mail bags or boxes can also be made as a simple craft.  Other party games can include classic party games twisted to match the party theme.  “Cupid Says” or “Pin the Arrow on Cupid” are easy adaptations of crowd favorites.


EverydaySavvy DIY Valentine EOS Lip Balm Card with a Free Printable


Tip #5: Hand Out Simple Favors –  These cute Magical Pony Valentine favors are super cute and so inexpensive. This EOS Valentine card  (pictured above) would make a great favor too!


These five budget friendly tips will help you host a Valentine’s Day party the kids will be smiling about for a long time! Plus they are so easy that you can throw together in no time at all!



Frugal Valentine Gift Ideas

frugal valentine's day gift ideas for women, men and kids


I recently filmed a piece for Channel 4 WDIV with frugal Valentine Gift Ideas.  The main point with Valentine Day gifts is it really is the thought that counts.  Think about what activities your Valentine loves and that can get you started on some great frugal Valentine gifts for women, men and kids! We have a few ideas to help you on your way.  [Read more…]

Connected With OnStar – My Experience with an OnStar Connected Vehicle



As part of my ambassador position with OnStar this year, they let me borrow a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe for a week to try out all the fun and very useful new features that OnStar offers. As a busy mom, I find myself in the car quite a few hours a day. Driving from school to practice, to dance and more. Sometimes with traffic it really doesn’t make sense to go home.




Using OnStar with 4G LTE*, I was actually able to work in my car and not waste time. It was so easy to connect my laptop, I just plugged in the password that I found in the Wi-Fi settings of the car and I was good to go! It was so nice to get a little more done especially during this busy time of year.


wifi in car

My girls loved having the built-in OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot because it supports up to 7 mobile devices and is easy to stream video. We had to travel a few hours for an event and they were able to stream Netflix easily right on their mobile devices. I didn’t hear “When will we be there?”once.

You could use a smartphone’s hotspot but the built-in OnStar with 4G LTE provides a better in- vehicle experience. The stronger signal means you have a reliable connection and the built-inWi-Fi hotspot is powered by your vehicle. You don’t have to rely on a mobile device battery. It is nice not using up my smartphone’s battery to power the Wi-Fi connection. Another nice feature is that it is automatically on and ready to connect to your devices. You don’t have to set it up each time you want to use it.

I love that OnStar can easily get you directions anywhere you need to go or to the nearest gas station or even a Starbucks plus they download the directions right to your car. It really can’t get easier than that! Check out this video I made showing exactly how it works.

I have talked all about the fun features of OnStar but my favorite features are still those related to safety. OnStar has Automatic Crash Response, Vehicle Diagnostics, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and Remote Door Unlock. I feel so much safer in my vehicle knowing that if I ever get in an accident, OnStar will help me. This gives me such peace of mind whenever I drive my current vehicle with OnStar service.

Be sure to learn more about the technology and how to get it here. You can also learn more about how people are using in-vehicle Wi-Fi. Be sure to like OnStar on Facebook to get even more great information!

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

* Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan. Visit for details and system limitations.

Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Men from EverydaySavvy


Men are hard to buy for and if you exchange gifts, I try and find gifts that my husband will love. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men, we have a great list of gift ideas that will help you find something unique for the men in your life. We tried to find really fun things in all price ranges to help you with your shopping this year. [Read more…]

Great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Women

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Women

Sometimes my husband and I exchange little gifts on Valentine’s Day and other years, we just do something sweet like candy. If you need gift ideas for women for Valentine’s Day, we have found some really cool and unique things for teens, signifigant others and other women in your life. We have found items in many price ranges to help surprise your loved one. [Read more…]

41 Easy Ways to Make This The Best Year Ever


how to make 2015 the best year ever


It is officially 2015 and I know we all want to have an amazing year. I teamed up with 40 other bloggers to share ways to make this the best year ever!  There are so many great tips and ideas to get you started off the right way on your 2015 New Year’s resolutions. You will want to check them all out and then leave me a comment with your resolutions for this year.


How you enjoy!

1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage

2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting

4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance

5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools

6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around

7. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health

8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous

9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden

10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden

11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries

12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth

13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By Design

14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman

15.  A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green

16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut

17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond

18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit

19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller

20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom

22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia

23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists

24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist

25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner

26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund

27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense

28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage

30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes

31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy

32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know

34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak

35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String

36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @

37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home

38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table

40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama

41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys

Bonus links:

Fashion Resolutions: How to Add Style to Any Outfit | Ellen Christian @ The Socialite’s Closet

Twelve Oaks Mall Holiday Shopping – Fun For The Whole Family Plus $100 Plus $100 Giftcard #giveaway

visit twelve oaks mall

 Just a few more  days left to enter to win a $100 Shopping Gift Card!!! Works at any Taubman Center including Twelve Oaks & Great Lakes Crossing. Scoll down to enter!

Need to cross off those last few gifts off your list and make sure you have all the right holiday outfits for you and your family?  If you are in Metro Detroit, you can do just that when you visit Twelve Oaks mall located in Novi. Twelve Oaks asked me to visit and share my experience with you and you know I can’t say no to shopping! 

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Use OnStar to Track Santa this Christmas Eve



track santa with onstar


So tracking Santa has gone high tech this year plus you can give back to the United Way just by tracking Santa via OnStar!


From 7 a.m. (EST) Christmas Eve until 5 a.m. Christmas Day, OnStar Subscribers can follow Santa’s  journey around the globe with just a push of the blue OnStar button, thanks to a collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Tracks Santa program. Plus for each call received, OnStar will donate a dollar to United Way for Southeastern Michigan! Having fun tracking Santa and giving to a great cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.


Check out this fun video my girls and I made when we tracked Santa using OnStar.




If you aren’t near your vehicle — er, sleigh —call (877) 446-6723 or visit to check Santa’s progress.  Santa’s on social media too and you can tweet @NORADSanta with the hashtag #Santa or #NORADSanta for his location.


You can read more about how Santa used OnStar and his sleigh’s Wi-Fi hotspot here.


Remember, that Santa doesn’t visit your home unless all children are fast asleep so be sure to track Santa and then settle down for a long winter’s nap.


Have fun tracking Santa and Merry Christmas!



This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Use Click Thru Seating & Get Seated Fast at Outback Steakhouse


I love to go out to eat but I hate to wait for a table. Doesn’t everyone? Outback Steakhouse recently did a survey asking consumers about their typical wait time at restaurants across the country and found that, on average, Americans have waited nearly 40 minutes to be seated at a restaurant.  This is more time than it takes to cook and eat an entire meal!




With the busy holiday season and especially if you bring your kids, waiting for a table can be a real pain. Recently my family visited Outback Steakhouse and used their Click Thru Seating service on to access to wait time information and add our name to the wait list before we arrived.

When we arrived, we were seated within 5 minutes!  I think we got a few looks from other people waiting wondering how we get seated so quickly. I didn’t have time to tell all of them how we did it but I  wanted to share this time saving trick with you!

Click Thru Seating service on informs you od the urrent wait time at your local Outback Steakhouse restaurant and you then can add your name to the wait list or for a later time. Please keep in mind this is NOT a reservation. You are not guaranteed to be seated at the time you select. You are simply being added to the wait list. However, unless the restaurant is extremely busy you should be seated fairly quickly.


To find an Outback Steakhouse location near you visit You can also find them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

So next time you are hungry and don’t want to wait and wait for a table at a restaurant, give Click Thru Seating service on a try. My girls are begging to go back. They love the loaf of bread you get before dinner. They eat almost at a whole loaf themselves.


Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Outback Steakhouse. All opinions are my own.

Cool Minecraft Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens

Cool Minecraft Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens

If you have Minecraft-loving kids or teens, you will love these fun things we have found. My boys are hooked on this popular game and so are all of their friends. From clothes to toys to crafts, you can find lots of neat Minecraft gift ideas on this list, in all price ranges.


To save this cool list for later, press the “pin-it” button above to pin it to your Pinterest boards.

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